GW Plastics, in partnership with the local community high schools, graduated our eighth School of Tech class last week with a record number of participants. A total of 13 students – 12 of which were from Randolph Union High School and one from White River Valley School – attended the 16-week program.
Classes were held once per week, and exposed the students to the life-cycle of manufacturing, from product design, associated mold design, materials selection, production, and quality assurance. Each class was taught by a GW employee expert in their field, which allowed the students first-hand exposure to years of knowledge and experience. Trips to Vermont Technical College and Gifford Hospital in Randolph gave the students an opportunity to see how our safety-critical products are developed, manufactured, and eventually used in actual surgical procedures.
The School of Tech was conceptualized over six years ago, and was modeled from a similar program started by Whelan Manufacturing in Claremont, NH. Our first class, held in the spring of 2015, was the first of its kind in Vermont. It helped show high school students the practical applications of their studies in math and science, and opened up the possibilities available to them after high school. Mentored by Ken Cadow, Director of Career Pathways and Workforce Development for Randolph Union High School, our visionary educational team now includes Vicki Johnson of RUHS, and Mary Waterman, Community Learning Educator at White River Valley School.
All local schools are welcome into the program, with the next class scheduled for the fall of 2020. If you are interested in more information, please contact Cathy Tempesta, GW Plastics VP of Human Resources, at (802) 234-7110.